Division Name Change

History of DCDD Name Change to DCD:

2017Discussions began with the DCDD Board
2017-2018DCDD Board discussions on choice of name
June 2018Name change paperwork submitted to the CEC Board

The rationale for the DCDD name change:

The rationale for such a change is grounded in DCDD’s mission and for its potential for growth as a division.

Within the field of education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH), as well as in the Deaf Community, terms such as ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ are being used less frequently. Increasingly, stakeholders in the field are choosing to avoid this type of terminology in favor of language that focuses on communication or culture.

Like all CEC divisions, DCDD faces challenges in maintaining and growing its membership base. Though the reasons for this are complex, involving both economic and demographic shifts, DCDD is challenged to make its services and connections relevant to the professional community that it serves.

Concurrently, many professionals who serve students who are DHH and/or those with unique communication needs are looking for a professional “home” and a place where they may both contribute and grow as professionals.

By amending the division name, to be responsive to currently acceptable language, DCDD stands to increase its relevance, credibility, and outreach.

The motion:

Move, to change the name of the Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) of the Council for Exceptional Children to the:

Division for
Communication, Language, and
Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD)
of the Council for Exceptional Children

Next Timeline:

2018DCDD Membership approval of name change
2018CEC Board approval of DCDD name change
2018Acceptance by DCDD Board, CEC Board, and DCDD Membership on proposed name change.
August 2018Name Change Soft Launch

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will the DCDD mission change with the new name?
    • Only the name within the mission statement will change.
  • Will the strategic goals change with the new name?
  • Will the logo change?
    • Yes